GREENVILLE, North Carolina – UNCW scored two runs in the top of the eighth to break a 3-all tie and defeat East Carolina, 5-3, in the nightcap of a collegiate softball doubleheader Wednesday at the ECU Softball Stadium. The Pirates won the first game by a 3-2 margin.

The Seahawks improved to 12-19 overall with the twinbill split while the Pirates moved to 14-22. UNCW returns to action Saturday as it opens a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series versus James Madison with a Noon doubleheader at Boseman Field.

After falling 3-2 in the opener, UNCW rallied from a three-run deficit in the nightcap, getting a run in the fourth on a RBI double by sophomore Casey Rowland before tying the game on a two-run single by junior KC Shue in the top of the sixth.

The two teams would remain tied at 3-all until the top of the eighth, when the Seahawks would plate two runs on singles by freshmen Erin Brown and Jordin Philips to build a 5-3 cushion.

Rowland would keep ECU from extending the contest, retiring the Pirates in order in the bottom of the eighth to even her season mark at 8-8. Rowland pitched all eight innings in the nightcap, allowing three unearned runs on eight hits. She did not issue a walk and struck out four.

Shue was 2-for-4 with two RBI to highlight a UNCW lineup that finished with seven hits in the nightcap. Three players – Brown, Philips and Rowland – finished with a RBI in game two.

Sophomore Sarah Christian took the loss for the Pirates in the nightcap to move to 11-13 overall. In three innings of relief, Christian surrendered two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks. Senior Kai Clark went 2-for-3 while junior Alex Fieldhouse was 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Pirates. Freshman Kelsi Briggs went 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Game one saw Phillips stake the Seahawks to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second as she doubled home Shue, who reached base earlier in the frame on a Pirates error.

UNCW doubled its advantage to 2-0 in the top of the fourth, using a RBI single by Brown with two outs to plate senior Lauryn Buckworth.

East Carolina cut the Seahawks edge in half in the bottom of the sixth as it used a run-scoring single by Alcorn to plate junior Kristi Oshiro and make it a 2-1 contest.

In the bottom of the seventh, ECU opened the frame with back-to-back singles to put the tying and winning runs on base for Fieldhouse, who singled up the middle to give the Pirates the one-run victory.

Christian picked up the victory for the Pirates to improve to 11-9 on the season. Christian allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks in seven innings in the circle. Fieldhouse went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Jill Jelnick went 2-for-4 to pace the Pirates lineup in the opener.

Sophomore Jordyn Schmidt took the loss for the Seahawks to move to 4-7. In 6.1 innings in the circle, Schmidt surrendered three runs on 10 hits and one walk. Brown was 2-for-3 with a RBI while Philips was 1-for-3 with a run batted in for the Seahawks in the opener.